Tar Heels Watching Top Five Center Mohamed Bamba

North Carolina has logged multiple recent viewings of the elite 2017 prospect.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the second time in less than a week, the North Carolina staff watched Mohamed Bamba.

Last Tuesday UNC head coach Roy Williams took a trip to Pennsylvania to see Bamba practice. On Sunday UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson was in attendance for the top five junior’s game at the City of Palms Classic.

“They (UNC) are a very winning program,” said Bamba, a 6-11 native of Harlem (N.Y.) native that currently attends West Chester (Pa.) Westtown School. “In fact they are one of the best programs in the country. A great program.”

Bamba holds offers from a plethora of schools including Connecticut, Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas.

Regarding a UNC offer, Bamba said, “They’ve talked about it, but Coach Roy said that he was probably one of the slowest coaches when it comes to offering. Some kids they just want to have the offer and let that offer sit over their head without really considering the school and I see where he’s coming from.”

Currently in the midst of his junior season, Bamba made it clear that he’s not thinking about college visits any time soon although he did visit St. John’s, Wake Forest, and Duke in the summer.

“They are all pretty even right now to be honest,” said Bamba. “None has really reached out crazy. They are all even. I’m just worried about the season more than anything else.”

When it does come time for Bamba to narrow his list he will focus on both the basketball side as well as the academic side.

“If I could get a good balance of both that would be awesome,” said Bamba. “What really appeals to me most, which most people don’t know, is a sense of community on campus.”

Bamba put his developing skills and 7-8 wingspan to good use in City of Palms opener, with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots in a one-point overtime loss.

“I played pretty well,” Bamba noted afterwards. “Finished with okay numbers, but I sort of took a different approach from the beginning of the game. I wanted to be a vocal leader. This marks our first loss, but its just a learning experience.”

Given that, Bamba is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

“When I really get it going my motor is at 100 percent. I’m running the floor, blocking shots, and hitting jump shots,” noted Bamba. “I’m working on the consistency of my jump shot. If I can knock those down consistently no one can guard me. I also see myself as developing my post game too. That’s big for me. A lot of face-up.”

In his tournament opener against Hamilton Heights (Tenn.), Bamba started off the game blocking shots -- including one he pinned on the glass with two hands. He ran the floor well, showing no signs of awkwardness. His actual low post game is still a work in progress, but Bamba consistently finished with two-hand dunks around the rim. In the second half he also added a three-pointer from the right wing to go with a one-dribble drive to the basket.

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